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A snicker of magic, by Natalie Lloyd

Label
A snicker of magic
Title
A snicker of magic
Statement of responsibility
by Natalie Lloyd
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back
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Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Chapter Books, 2017.
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2016.
  • Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 5-7 Felicity arrives in Midnight Gulch and learns from her mama that there used to be magic there. Magic is a bonus for Felicity, who longs to stay in one place so she can make a friend. She finds one in wheelchair-bound Jonah, and he fills in Felicity on the town’s magical history and its people. And, as it turns out, Felicity is capable of magic herself—word collecting. She sees words everywhere—on people, in her glass of milk, and in the trees. The word “treasures” that she finds are the real winner for this novel. (The words are not part of the sentence structure, but they add to the story by revealing the moods of people she sees, or are used as onomatopoeia.) The unusual language, showing a tinge of Tennessee mountain dialect, spins a web around the story that touches on helping others, budding friendships, and strength of family. First-time novelist Lloyd has produced a “spindiddly” product that will hearten word and poetry lovers and encourage those who have almost lost hope for a happy ending. -- Edmundson, Martha (Reviewed 02-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 12, p83)
  • /* Starred Review */ From every angle, Lloyd’s first novel sparkles and radiates warmth. Felicity Juniper Pickle, 12, feels an immediate kinship with the town of Midnight Gulch, Tenn., the latest place her itinerant mother has brought Felicity, her almost-six-year-old sister, Frannie Jo, and their dog Biscuit. The remote mountain town has a history interwoven with secret magic, but most of it seems to have evaporated years ago following a dual between a pair of famous magician brothers, which divided a family and resulted in a curse. Felicity’s immediate concerns lay with her mother’s sadness and her insistence on constantly uprooting the family. With the help of Felicity’s new friend Jonah, who has his own secret magic that he works on Midnight Gulch; the stories that Felicity collects from various townspeople; and Felicity’s ability to see words that reflect people’s hidden thoughts and desires) she tries to save both the town and her own family. Working in the folksy vein of Ingrid Law’s Savvy, Lloyd offers a reassuring, homespun story about self-expression and the magic that resides in one’s mind and heart. Ages 8–12. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 13, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 02, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The protagonist of this debut joins a growing list of endearing young girls from the South, and it's an extra bonus that her new best friend and mentor is a boy whose method of transportation, without fanfare, just happens to be a wheelchair. Felicity Juniper Pickle, her little sister, Frannie Jo, and their dog, Biscuit, have once again been moved by their mother to a new town. This time they are moving in with Mama's sister in Mama's old hometown, Midnight Gulch, Tenn., which used to be renowned for its magic--the kind where people could "sing up thunderstorms and…dance up sunflowers." Felicity, who has an uncanny ability for seeing and using written words but suffers from stage fright, wants to stay in Midnight Gulch. Her new friend, Jonah, with whom she performs anonymous acts of kindness, persuades Felicity to enter the Duel--a talent show in which her "weapon" will be her words. As the Duel approaches, Felicity and Jonah find themselves caught up in figuring out how to return the town's magic and to reverse a curse from Felicity's "balloon-riding, globe-trotting, curse-bearing great-great-grandfather" (surely homage to Holes). Although pacing is sometimes difficult, this tale offers all the other earmarks of fine storytelling, including colorful, eccentric characters, an original, highly likable narrator and a mighty "spindiddly" plot. (Fantasy. 8-13)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10282439
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lloyd, Natalie
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Middle School
  • 680L
  • 680
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
  • 4.7.
  • 4.2.
  • 4.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ford, Gilbert
  • Scholastic Press
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Girls
  • Magic
  • Single-parent families
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Friendship
  • Magic
  • Family life
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Friendship
  • Girls
  • Friendship
  • Magic
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Single-parent families
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
A snicker of magic, by Natalie Lloyd
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1004888
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780545552707
Lccn
2013027779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545552707
  • (OCoLC)856579483
Label
A snicker of magic, by Natalie Lloyd
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1004888
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9780545552707
Lccn
2013027779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545552707
  • (OCoLC)856579483

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